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Fragmented temp(oralities): A Caribbean perspective of time in literature and art

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In the article ‘Writing: Explicating and unfolding condensed textual practices in art and design’ Sean Hall explores and questions our contemporary relationship with time in relation to the practice of writing. Our modern world in a western context, has left us Hall argues, feeling ‘temporally impoverished’. This collaborative article deconstructs the term temporality and refashions it as temp(oralities). Our temp(oralities) is defined not only as the Caribbean artist/writer seeking to articulate a sense of time and/or timelessness, but also in the sense of the fragmented nature of time and the orality of the region that the Caribbean artist/writer always seek to interject into their work. Using Hall’s idea of time, and the notion that we are ‘all in search of lost time’ as our point of departure, this article aims to explore the relationship between temp(orality) and the Caribbean artist/writer. We engage with the absent and fragmented historical narratives of the region to explore how Caribbean artists/writers have attempted to articulate their own sense of time and/or timelessness. For the Caribbean artist/writer, modernity is paradoxical. It is both the violent movement away from traditional European and African ideals, and the awareness of the intrinsic nature between the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. What implications does this fraught relationship have on the artistic and literary representation of a Caribbean timescape? If as we are arguing, Caribbean artists/writers work in multiple temp(oralities) how does this affect how we the reader/viewer consume and understand their work?

Keywords: creole culture; creole language; emotions; fragments; stories; temp(oral)

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Goldsmiths, University of London

Publication date: 2012-11-20

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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